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A disabled woman who was involved in a crash with a car is urging drivers to take more care.
"He didn’t say sorry at all. I was worried he had damaged my wheelchair and that I wouldn’t be able to get home."
Joy Batley was struck in the car park on Back Lane, Wymondham, behind the White Hart Pub at 4pm on Tuesday.
The mother-of-three claims she was on her way home from a trip to the bank in her electric wheelchair when a man drove into her.
“The man looked at me and reversed straight into me. I was so upset,” she said. “I shouted at him and he got out of his car. He had parked in a disabled space and he wasn’t even disabled – he said he had dropped a disabled woman off at the bank.
“He didn’t say sorry at all. I was worried he had damaged my wheelchair and that I wouldn’t be able to get home.”
Although Mrs Batley, who has used a wheelchair for the past four years, was not hurt, she is calling on drivers to be more careful.
“I was shaken up but a really nice man stopped and helped me.
“People in Wymondham park anywhere because they say they are only going to be a few minutes.”
Mrs Batley, who lives in Rattle Row, Wymondham, worked as a nurse for 25 years.
“I was looking after people in wheelchairs. I had a procedure in hospital and lost the use of my arm and leg. It’s a thin line – it is something which could happen to anyone. I didn’t envisage I would be in a wheelchair.”
Councillor Keith Kiddie, South Norfolk cabinet member for environment and regulation, said: “I am concerned and disturbed to hear of Mrs Batley’s experience and I would urge her to contact the police. In the meantime, I would also urge all drivers using our car parks to do so with awareness and with proper consideration for others’ safety, because they are used by families with children and by disabled people.”